Hi everyone. Well, the story is I incubated some Pekin bantam eggs & tada! I have 2 Cockerels! Now we made the mistake of naming & taming them (My husbands fault). They are both very affectionate, one more so than the other. Now its a case of WHO DO WE KEEP? I want the cockerels mainly for breeding purposes, just so everyone knows. I live in a town & locally there are no rules against keeping cockerels. There is only the noise rule - No noise between the hours of 11pm & 7AM. We live in the northwest UK where for 6-8 months of the year it is only light between the hours of 7 - 8am & 5-6pm So my first aim is to successfully find out how to keep Cockerels quiet in a town during those hours of 11pm - 7AM. My first thought was to use a hood designed for blindfolding a bird of prey. If I put one of those on a cockerel at night, the theory should be he can't see, so he shouldn't make noise. Plus, I thought maybe popping on a hood while he sits on his perch is not as intrusive as walking in the coop, picking a rooster up & putting him in a separate dark box away from his hens where he must sit until he is released. What do you think of using a hood? Of course it will take some training & only go on last thing at night & be removed first thing in the morning, but I feel pretty positive it may well work. If a hawk is trainable to wear one, a cockerel should be. I'm certainly willing to put in the work to breed my own chickens. Looked them up & they are very cheap to.